postpartum doula

Doula-ing the Doula

  As a doula, childbirth educator, and doula trainer, as well as a mother who started in this business when my children were very young, I know all too well the need to make sure that I take care of myself.  So what does that mean exactly? How do we, in one of the most …

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Becoming Active Listeners: Love in Action

The young woman in front of me sat cross-legged in the hospital bed clutching her swaddled newborn with tears streaming down her face.  This was her first birth.  She’d had a C section the day before and she had no family with her in the room.  Her partner was not available.  For the present, he …

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Life Lessons for Doulas: Inspired by Forrest Gump

It was 21 years ago that I first saw the movie Forrest Gump.  I remember having a wide array of emotions while watching that movie for the first time and walking out of the theater feeling inspired.  I find that each time I watch the movie I take away more and more life lessons.  I …

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The Use of Essential Oils and the CAPPA Professional’s Scope of Practice

Essential oils: the original medicine. They’ve been around for thousands of years, and recently, they have gained in popularity. It seems like everyone is using them – or at the very least hearing about them. In my own family, we’ve started using essential oils on a daily basis for a wide variety of ailments and have …

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Postpartum Doulas Teach Tummy Time

There are many aspects to the job description of the postpartum doula. One of the greatest of these is the confidence and education we can give to a family. As you step through the door for the first time post birth, your job is to listen and observe. How are the parents coping with their …

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Why Scheduling Your Newborn is Harmful

As a postpartum doula, I meet all different kinds of families. Each family that has called a Postpartum Doula has invited them into their home as an extra set of loving hands and a brain to pick about what to expect from their newborn. In most cases, parents have read nearly a dozen books to prepare …

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